Sunday, May 27, 2012

PCHR Weekly Report: 6 wounded, 30 abducted in 90 Israeli incursions this week

An Israeli settler, escorted by Israeli soldiers, fire at Palestinian civilian in Southern ‘Assira village, southeast of Nablus
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

IOF use force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
4 demonstrators, including two children and an international human rights defender, were wounded.

A Palestinian civilian was seriously injured at Etzion intersection, south of Bethlehem.

IOF conducted 90 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and two limited ones into the Gaza Strip.   
IOF arrested 28 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children, an old man, the director of a television channel and an ex-prisoner.

IOF continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
IOF arrested two Palestinian civilians at various checkpoints in the West Bank.

IOF have continued efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in East Jerusalem.
The Israeli government allocated new budget to enhance settlement activities in Jerusalem.
A house was demolished in al-Tour neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
A Palestinian civilian was seriously wounded by Israeli settlers south of Nablus.
IOF razed 14 dunums[1] of agricultural land in the east of Hebron and confiscated a bulldozer and a truck in Jerusalem.  
IOF tore down 6 tents south of Hebron and demolished a bird farm southwest of Ramallah.
Israeli settlers stormed Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem, in the presence of IOF.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (17 – 23 May 2012):

Shooting:

During the reporting period, 5 Palestinian civilians were wounded by IOF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.  A 6th civilian was also wounded by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.  Additionally, a Palestinian civilian was stabbed by Israeli soldiers at Kfar Etzion checkpoint near Bethlehem. 

During the reporting period, IOF wounded 4 demonstrators, including two children and an international human rights defender, during the dispersion of peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.

On 19 May 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Yits’har” settlement attacked Palestinian agricultural areas in the southeast of Southern ‘Assira village, south of Nablus, and set fire to some of them.  A number of Palestinian civilians gathered to extinguish fire.  Soon, Israeli settlers threw stones and empty bottles at houses in the village.  When Palestinian civilians attempted to stop this attack, an Israeli settler fired at them.  As a result, a Palestinian civilian was seriously wounded by a bullet that entered the right eye and exited the left ear.  IOF were present in the area and did not intervene to stop the attack.  Video clips from the area showed two Israeli soldiers standing near an Israeli settler while he was firing at Palestinian civilians, which indicates that IOF support Israeli settlers in their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property.  Additionally, 5 Palestinian civilians were injured by stones thrown by Israeli settlers. 

On 20 May 2012, a Palestinian was seriously wounded near Etzion intersection, south of Bethlehem.  IOF claimed that he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier using a sharp tool, and quarrel erupted between him the soldier, as a result of which he fell onto the ground and the sharp tool entered his abdomen.  He was evacuated to an Israeli hospital and was put under detention.  He told a lawyer who visited him that a number of Israeli soldiers attacked him with a knife and they stabbed him in the abdomen. 

In the Gaza Strip, on 20 May 2012, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis. 

During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the northern and central Gaza Strip.  No casualties were reported.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 90 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  During these incursions, IOF arrested 28 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children, an old man, the director of a television channel and an ex-prisoner who was released in the context of the Shalit prisoners swap.  

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into Palestinian areas, during which they leveled areas of land which they had already razed.

Restrictions on Movement:

Israel had continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The illegal closure has caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a crisis of human rights and human dignity for the population of the Gaza Strip.  Measures declared recently to ease the blockade are vague, purely cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis, which can only be addressed by an immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including lifting the travel ban into and out of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent and unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically isolated from the rest of the world.

IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.Palestinian Center for Human Rights